MLB: St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1

ST. LOUIS, May 25 (UPI) -- A single from Yadier Molina in the bottom of the 12th inning scored the winning run to edge the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1.

MLB: St. Louis 7, Kansas City 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 20 (UPI) -- John Mabry hit a grand slam and drove in five runs Friday night as St. Louis fought off Kansas City, 7-6.

MLB: St. Louis 8, Philadelphia 4

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 (UPI) -- A three-run homer by Yadier Molina and a two-run shot from Albert Pujols Wednesday night carried St. Louis to an 8-4 win over Philadelphia.

MLB: St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3

CINCINNATI, May 4 (UPI) -- Mark Mulder blanked Cincinnati during a seven-inning stint Wednesday night, pacing St. Louis to a 7-3 win over the Reds.

MLB: Atlanta 3, St. Louis 2

ATLANTA, April 30 (UPI) -- Raul Mondesi homered to to lead off the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB: St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 4

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Ray Lankford and Yadier Molina homered Sunday to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

MLB: St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina and Hector Luna hit back-to-back eighth-inning home runs to help St. Louis beat Milwaukee 4-2 Thursday.

MLB: St. Louis 6, San Francisco 0

ST. LOUIS, July 25 (UPI) -- Matt Morris pitched his first shutout of the year Sunday when the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the San Francisco Giants, 6-0.

Atlanta 8, St. Louis (ss) 7

KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- Adam LaRoche drove in Bill McCarthy with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday to lift the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 victory over a split squ
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Yadier Molina
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina comes into the dugout to bat in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2009. Colorado beat St. Louis 7-2. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Yadier Benjamin Molina (Spanish pronunciation: ; born July 13, 1982) is a Major League Baseball catcher who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina was the third catcher to play in two World Series before age 25, along with Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra. He is considered one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, throwing out 42% of runners attempting a stolen base (2005–2010). He has also led major league catchers in pickoffs (2005–2010) with 36.

Molina was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico to Gladys Matta and Benjamín Molina. Molina's two older brothers, Bengie and José, are also major league catchers. José, Bengie and Yadier are the only trio of brothers to have each earned World Series rings. Molina makes his home in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. He lives in Caseyville, Illinois during the baseball season.

Molina made his debut with the Cardinals during their pennant-winning season of 2004, backing up former Gold Glove-winner Mike Matheny. Molina was picked over Matheny to start Game 4 of the 2004 World Series against the Boston Red Sox; during the following offseason, Matheny signed a three-year, $10.5-million contract with the San Francisco Giants, clearing the road for Molina to become a starter for St. Louis.

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